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Shadows in Flight (Ender) [Hardcover]

Scott, Orson Card
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13 Feb 2012 Ender (Book 5)
Bean flees to the stars with three of his children - the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth's scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth's history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come. For there in space before them lies a derelict Formic colony ship. Aboard it, they will find both death and wonders - the life support that is failing on their own ship, room to grow, and labs in which to explore their own genetic anomaly and the mysterious disease that killed the ship's colony.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: TOR (13 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765332000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765332004
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Orson Scott Card is the multi-award winning and bestselling author of a number of ground-breaking adult SFF novels. Ender's Game is his first YA cross-over novel in the UK.

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"Card's latest installment in his Shadow subseries...does a superlative job of dramatically portraying the maturing process of child into adult.... Card makes the important point that there's always more than one side to every issue. Fans will marvel at how subtly he has prepared for the clever resolution." --"Publishers Weekly, "starred review, on "Shadow of the Giant"

""Shadow of the Giant" is a fitting and satisfying continuation to the Ender series, although it is not a conclusion. Card...seems to indicate that he will at some point return to follow Bean's family and the other Battle School Children as they expand throughout the galaxy." --SF

"Once again, Card keeps the action, danger, and intrigue levels high...paves the way for further Ender-Bean developments; and leaves his readers eagerly awaiting them." --"Booklist" on "Shadow Puppets"

About the Author

Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel "Ender's Game" and it's many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past. Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novel "Ender's Shadow" and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien "Buggers."
Card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977 -- the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of "The Ensign," and the novelet version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of "Analog." The novel-length version of "Ender's Game," published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin. Card was born in Washington state, and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he runs occasional writers' workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.
He is the author many sf and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker" (beginning with "Seventh Son"), There are also stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels like "Pastwatch" and "Hart's Hope." He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like "Empire" and historical novels like the monumental "Saints" and the religious novels "Sarah" and "Rachel" and "Leah." Card's recent work includes the Mithermages books ("Lost Gate," "Gate Thief"), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old. Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, He and Kristine are the parents of five children and several grandchildren.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Far too abridged :-( 17 Nov 2012
By Ian K
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Whilst this version does give you the story, it is massively abbreviated.
So, I think the term "enhanced version" is a huge misnomer, if anything it is a significantly lessened version and this should be made much clearer in the product description. I have greatly enjoyed every other book in the Ender and Shadow series so this one has been a disappointment indeed.
Please update the product description to make this version's curtailed nature clearer, I would not have purchased it had I known this.

Apart from that your service in the past has been exemplary.

Ian K
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shadows in Flight 17 Sep 2012
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Being a big Orson Scott Card fan I would have jumped into any new book of his and anything Ender Saga related especially. He seems to be coming out with quite a few new books around the Ender Saga and, although that may not be a bad thing it might just feel like a bit of a cash in, especially with a new movie out next year based on Ender's Game. Much of the reviews for this book were not positive which worried me just slightly and much of the comments where if this is something of a cash, is there more story to be taken out of Bean's life? It started out fine as a spin off but it still felt like a story that should have been told but now this far in, is it?
Well, there is a story to be told but I just don't know if it should have been sold as a novel. The book is very short at just over two hundred pages and that's in large type. Still, is that so bad? Maybe not. But it really is a short story sold in a hard cover.
Bean will be familiar to any readers of the Ender Saga as well as any readers of the spin-off shadows series and this seems to set up the end of his story. He is dying and in a space ship going at near light speed. As time passes normal for everyone inside, outside hundreds of years have passed in the hope that scientists will be able to come up with a cure for his and his three kids disease. But they haven't and what does that mean for Bean and his children?
I liked this story and it had a bittersweet ending. Although short in length there is a good story here and it even managed to come up with some answers about the alien race from Ender's Game which was unexpected but good that it was included.
Its worth a read but not really worth the money for a full priced novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A weak end to a strong story 10 Sep 2012
By Mark
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The enhanced edition was probably a poor choice. The illustrations do not reproduce well on a Kindle and the abridgement shortens an already short book. That said, the book was if anything over-long when the slenderness of the plot is considered. The characters were unlovable and reminded me of Peter Wiggin as a child, Valentine and a weaker version of Ender rather too much. Not OSC's best work. It could have been much better and should have been. It is also overpriced.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Satisfactory" 14 Mar 2012
Not a great new work sadly; it seems clear that he had a basic plot line and the characters of the children - which are well done - but didn't really know how to work it through. The sudden change of pace in the last chapter is dire, and the plot device that Bean's heart is overloaded and so going to cause his death seems scientifically inadequate: an artificial heart to resolve that issue seems entirely possible. So overall disappointing...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor :( 14 Jan 2014
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I am a huge fan of the Ender and Shadow series of books by Orson Scott Card, i have followed the story since Enders game and have enjoyed the story lines and the style of writing.

Unfortunately this book is a bit of a disappointment, the plot is shallow and rushed, the whole book took me 2 nights reading, i would say 4 hours in total so either Mr Card rushed the book to fill a gap in the whole Ender / Shadow saga or he is losing interest in the series.

The enhanced edition on a classic kindle is poor, the pictures are so dark that you cannot see them very well, the extra chapters in the enhanced edition were at the end of the story, I only found them when i finished reading the book, reading them after the whole story was like picking a book up and randomly opening pages to read.

If i could i would ask for my money back.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Shadows in Flight 31 Mar 2012
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This book, eagerly awaited, was disappointingly short. The story line was basically about three bickering children with more than a hint of Arthur C, Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama! The other Shadow books have been some of the best Card has written but this last one is a poor addition to the evolving story.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A poor conclusion to series 2 Sep 2013
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Nothing more than a short story. Not a fit conclusion to a classic series. Very disappointed. Can't help but feel illustrations used simply to stretch the thing out.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely disappointing 2 Sep 2013
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This read more like a plot synopsis than a novel. I'd like to say it was more like a short story than a novel but I can't even dignify it with that much credit. It was poorly thought through, the characters weren't developed, the plot was facile, and it's a real shame because the other books in the series were so good. Really don't bother with this: it isn't even worth your time to download it.
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